Record Number of CEOs to Brave Cold on Longest Night of the Year

More than 370 of Sydney’s top business and community leaders will sleep outdoors on Thursday to raise money for people experiencing homelessness.

It’s a record turnout for the 14th annual Vinnies CEO Sleepout, which aims to raise over $7 million nationally for accommodation, counselling, healthcare, food and other homelessness support services.

“The CEO Sleepout is about much more than spending a night on a piece of cardboard. What happens over these 16 or so hours has a major impact on the weeks and months to come, by raising the money to keep our services going for those who need them most,” said Vinnies NSW CEO Jack de Groot, who will be participating in the CEO Sleepout.

“Well over 37,000 people* in NSW don’t currently have a safe place to live, and rising electricity costs are pushing many households close to the edge of homelessness.

“It’s so important that those at the top end of town take up the responsibility to advocate for those who haven’t been so lucky, and that’s what the CEO Sleepout is all about.”

Participants in the Sydney CEO Sleepout include government leaders Gareth Ward MP, Jason Clare MP, Niall Blair MLC, and Councillor Linda Scott, as well as several heads of ASX200 companies. They join more than 1,600 CEOs and leaders sleeping out across Australia.